March 16, 2009
By Dave Hirschman
Garmin’s G1000 integrated avionics suites will soon start showing up in King Air 200s and B200s, now that the FAA has granted a Supplemental Type Certificate for the popular twin-engine turboprops.
“We’ve gone to great lengths to make sure customers who upgrade to this panel have the same leading edge technologies they would find in a jet,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president for marketing. “This retrofit is available to most King Air 200/B200 aircraft today because the STC takes into account the most common King Air configurations.”
The G1000 suite for King Airs will include two 10.4-inch primary flight displays and one 15-inch multi-function display. Garmin’s “synthetic vision technology” is available as an upgrade on King Airs and provides a GPS-derived view of surrounding terrain, obstacles, and traffic.
Garmin has set up a network of dealers to sell and install G1000s in King Air cockpits. A list of dealers/installers is available online. Garmin did not disclose prices for the panel upgrades and said dealers would offer quotes for individual aircraft.
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